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Campaign 2012

Rubio: Obama’s ‘Hot Mic’ Moment Prompted Romney Endorsement

But Florida senator offers tepid take on the Republican front-runner.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says that President Obama's open-microphone gaffe this week with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev prompted him to make a sudden endorsement of Mitt Romney.

Obama was caught this week asking Medvedev for "space," telling him he'll have more "flexibility" on issues like missile defense after the November election.


“It’s been weighing on my mind all week,” Rubio said in an interview with the conservative Daily Caller website. “I’m just sitting back here and watching a president that just got back from overseas — where he told the Russian president to work with him and give him space so he can be more flexible if he gets reelected.”

He added: “We have to win this election in November. We have to!” He said he concluded Romney offered the best chance of that.

Rubio, often mentioned as a possible running mate for Romney, may not have enhanced his odds with this less-than-impassioned take on the former Massachusetts governor: “There are a lot of other people out there that some of us wish had run for president — but they didn’t,” he told the Daily Caller. “I think Mitt Romney would be a fine president, and he’d be way better than the guy who’s there right now.”

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